The Ultimate Guide to Perfect Iced Tea, Part II

By: Cyndi Amaya

Now that you know how to make the perfect iced tea, why not spice it up a bit? While sweet tea is the most popular among those looking to cool down during these warm months ahead, there are endless flavor combinations you can come up with to change up the usual. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for a twist to your iced tea:

Peach and Fresh Ginger Iced Tea: Steep your favorite peach-flavored tea in a large container and add freshly grated ginger while it cools. Steep the ginger  for the same time you would steep the tea. Remove the tea and ginger and serve over ice.

Green Tea Lemonade: Prepare a simple lemonade using fresh lemons, water, and a simple syrup to sweeten. Steep the best green tea you can find and add to your cooled lemonade for a perfect combination of sweet and tangy.

Cinnamon, Anise, and Orange Spiced Iced Tea: Steep orange-spiced tea in a large container with added fresh orange slices, a couple cinnamon sticks and a few star anise pods. Remove the tea but leave the spices and oranges in while the tea cools. Remove the orange, cinnamon, and anise before refrigerating the tea or serving over ice.

Creamy Chai Iced Tea: The chai latte has certainly gained popularity in the last couple years, and the iced version of it is a perfect creamy beverage during warm weather. Simply steep your favorite chai tea and then cool. When you're ready to serve, mix in soy milk or low fat milk with a dash of ground cinnamon for a creamy chai iced tea.

Lemon Pomegranate Iced Tea: Steep your favorite light tea, like white or oolong tea. Squeeze a few lemon wedges into your container and add the wedges as well. Add the steeped tea and stir in 3 tablespoons of pomegranate juice. Remove the lemon wedges before refrigerating and serving.

Marcus Palmer: Everyone has heard of the classic Arnold Palmer, the combination of iced tea and lemonade. But have you heard of the Marcus Palmer? Created at the Nook in Red Rooster Harlem, this twist to the original is simple: just add and orange slice and fresh mint to your Arnold Palmer to have a Marcus Samuelsson kick.

Looking for a real kick to your iced tea? A few bars throughout the city have been known to mix iced tea into their cocktails and no, we don't mean the Long Island Iced Tea which isn't iced tea at all. The Tea Lounge in Park Slope is known for their Royal Earl which is an earl grey infused mixture of Citron vodka with fresh lemon and brown sugar; and for a more summer feel, their Moroccan Mojito is a standard mulled mint mojito that has been infused with green tea. The Upholstery Store in the West Village also offers their signature Bamboo, a Sauvignon Blanc mixed with jasmine tea and fresh ginger.

But if you're looking for a spiked tea cocktail to make for yourself at home, check out our Ginger Tea Tonic recipe here, it includes tonic water, aperol, and your very own ginger peach tea-infused gin.

Now there's no excuse for mundane watered-down iced tea to ruin your spring or summer, just follow our tips on brewing the best iced tea and these iced tea combinations and you'll be on your way to a perfect cooled beverage to help you fight off the heat!

What are your favorite iced tea combinations?

Photo: Cyndi Amaya

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